Tag: mindfulness

Mindfulness Moment

| August 11, 2020
Mindfulness Moment

Today we invite you to eat mindfully.

Offer gratitude for the growers, delivery, and food service workers that made your meal possible.

Allow yourself the opportunity to focus on your meal.

Release all unrelated thoughts.

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Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y Invitation to the Community

| August 11, 2020
Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y Invitation to the Community

“We envision a holistic community where all children of Coconino County are increasingly free from trauma experience and all have equitable opportunities that build resiliency.” 

“Trauma, equitable and resiliency, those are words that excite me and I hope you will learn more about the Coalition, learn a little bit more about those words mean and what your role can be to support that countywide,” said Rene RedDay in the opening of a Vlog released this week by the organization. 

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Mindfulness Spotlight — CCCY-BGC Mindfulness for Youth partnership

| July 21, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight — CCCY-BGC Mindfulness for Youth partnership

When CCCY reached out to the Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff to inquire their interest in mindfulness for youth, their response was yes! So, we set up two days to ensure small group sessions.

I began the session by asking, “Who has heard of mindfulness?”  Several students pointed to Killip’s banner. So, I asked, “What does mindfulness mean?” They responded, taking time to calm down. I said, “Yes! And, that’s what we are taking time for today.”

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Mindfulness Spotlight: Autopilot

| June 30, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight: Autopilot

Why do we do what we do?

Do we let the demands of each moment drive the direction of our day?      

Do we do what we have always done? 

Do we jump into action because someone else determined we must?

Or do we take time each day to assess our own needs and set personal priorities?

To check your autopilot, I invite you to examine your behaviors and attitudes and how they contribute to the culture in which we live. Do you act in the same way you always have, or do you shift based on new information?

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Mindfulness Spotlight: May We Be Well

| June 23, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight: May We Be Well

I invite you to stop whatever you are doing and breathe.

Three simple breaths.

Take the opportunity to shine a light on the inner you.

How are your thoughts, emotions, sensations?

Just notice without judgment.

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Mindfulness Spotlight: An Attitude of Non-Judgement

| June 15, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight: An Attitude of Non-Judgement

We are living in changing times. Everything is new, including new or amplified challenges. We often meet changes and problems with a myriad of feelings. Amidst current changes, I noticed I had been “should-ing” myself. Telling myself, I should be more focused. I should be punctual. I should reach out more. I should fix everything in my house. I shouldn’t make mistakes. I shouldn’t have negative feelings. However, I reminded myself that mindfulness is, paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, with an attitude of non-judgment. (Kabat-Zinn, 1994) Aha, an attitude of non-judgment.

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Mindfulness Spotlight: Remember you are awesome!

| June 2, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight: Remember you are awesome!

What makes you feel awesome? Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth encourages us to do more of it…mindfully. While we’re doing what makes us feel awesome, take an opportunity to savor it with all our senses!

Being mindful is taking time to see what’s around us in one moment in time. What sounds can be heard? What scents are in the air? How does each bite taste? What can be felt with our hands? It can look like:

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Connections Spotlight: Resiliency/mindfulness training helps during these challenging times

| June 2, 2020
Connections Spotlight: Resiliency/mindfulness training helps during these challenging times

It is not easy to write this message.  I, just like many of you, have found myself filled with many emotions ranging from deep sadness to raw anger.  Many of us around the Nation are trying to find our voice, our place- ideas for how we can make a positive impact.  CCC&Y has a long history of advocating for and working toward justice and equity for our community.  

I was scheduled to present the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) / resiliency training live this week for a school district.  I was re-struck, while speaking with these educators, by how relevant the work of CCC&Y is- even during current times.  I felt gratitude for this connection and all of you who further this work.    

If you have not done so already, I would invite you to visit our webinar on ACES.  It will help you to gain personal insight into what happens to people, what we do to people and how society can choose to make trauma worse or better for folks.  That insight then becomes sharable.

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Mindfulness Spotlight: Letters to Families — Do you check-in with you?

| May 12, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight: Letters to Families — Do you check-in with you?

We all spend a lot of our day engaged in work (or looking for work) while tending to daily tasks and making sure the needs of others are met. We make sure our house is clean(ish), plan meals, monitor routines, and meet our children’s social-emotional needs. We share our time and talent with the community. We make calls and check-in on family and friends. But, how often do we take time to check-in with ourselves? Is it part of your daily routine to check in on you?  

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Mindfulness Spotlight: Letters to Families — You are Enough!

| April 27, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight: Letters to Families — You are Enough!

Everything is new right now! We are all experiencing stress in some form or another. Sometimes it might feel overwhelming. Remind yourself, “I am enough!”

You are your greatest priority! So, please take some mindful breathes and observe your thoughts, feelings, and sensations at this moment with an attitude of nonjudgement. What do you notice? How will you respond to what you noticed?

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